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The Office of University Events

Timothy J. Rice, MA, Director, Office of University Events, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Timothy J. Rice

Director, Office of University Events 

Tim Rice came to the Medical School campus from Boston College in 2013 when he was named Director of the Office of University Events. He  is responsible for planning, organizing, implementing and directing the Chancellor’s campus-wide events, including but not limited to Commencement, Convocation, Investiture, White Coat Ceremony, Class Oath Ceremony and the Educational Recognition Awards. Tim  works directly with the Chancellor's Office to oversee and coordinate the Academic Events Schedule.

Tim also coordinates University Board of Trustees activities on the Medical School campus, oversees and facilitates other UMass Medical School special events and acts as a consultant to senior administration, department leadership and other personnel for unique events.

Tim Rice is a 2009 graduate of Boston College, earning a B.A. magna cum laude in Corporate Systems. In 2013, he received his M.A. from the Boston College Lynch School of Education. 

An active member of the North American Association of Commencement Officers Tim held the position of Regional Director from 2013-2014. He is also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society.  Tim lives in Westborough with his wife, Tina, and their three daughters Olivia, Fiona and Lucy.


Phone: (508) 856-6084


   Julia Splendido

   Event Specialist, Office of University Events

Julia Splendido is a 2017 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the Isenberg School of Management with a double major in Hospitality & Tourism Management and Communications. After graduation, Julia took the opportunity to live and work on the other side of the world in New Zealand for a year.

While in New Zealand Julia worked as an Event Manager for a catering company that handled both large and small-scale events and weddings in the scenic South Island of New Zealand. Julia’s time spent in New Zealand allowed her to gain valuable knowledge in both event planning and management as well as motivated her to continue her career in event planning.

Julia began working at UMass Medical School in the Summer of 2019 and assists Director Tim Rice in coordinating all events planned by the Office of University Events.


Phone: (508) 856-2626